On November 8, just weeks after Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping proclaimed he was shepherding China into a “new era,” President Donald Trump will begin a three-day state visit to Beijing. His first trip to China since his inauguration, and his third meeting with Xi, the visit may help define the United States’ evolving relationship with China. How will the two leaders address flashpoints like trade and North Korea? How will citizens in the United States and China view the trip? And what should we expect from China-U.S. relations moving forward?
Join Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations Orville Schell, who will have just returned from covering Trump’s visit to China; Director of the China Power Project at CSIS Bonnie Glaser; and ASPI Diplomat in Residence and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. ChinaFile Editor Susan Jakes will moderate.
We invite Orville Schell, Bonnie S. Glaser, Daniel Russel, and Susan Jakes to discuss.
Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of numerous books on China, most recently Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century. Schell was born in New York City, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Far Eastern History, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University in the 1960s, and earned a Ph.D. (Abd) at the University of California, Berkeley in Chinese History.
Bonnie S. Glaser
Bonnie S. Glaser is a Senior Adviser for Asia and the Director of the China Power Project at CSIS, where she works on issues related to Asia-Pacific security with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy. From 2008 to mid-2015, she was a Senior Adviser with the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies, and from 2003 to 2008, she was a Senior Associate in the CSIS International Security Program. She has published widely in academic and policy journals, including the Washington Quarterly, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, International Security, Contemporary Southeast Asia, American Foreign Policy Interests, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, as well as in leading newspapers. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Daniel Russel is Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he served until recently as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, he served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council’s Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.
Susan Jakes is Editor of ChinaFile and Senior Fellow at Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations.
From 2000-2007, she reported on China for Time magazine, first as a reporter and editor based in Hong Kong and then as the magazine’s Beijing Correspondent.
She covered a wide range of topics for Time’s international and domestic editions, including student nationalism, human rights, the environment, public health, education, architecture, kung fu, North Korea’s nuclear weapons, and the making of Bhutan’s first feature film. Jakes was awarded the Society of Publishers in Asia’s Young Journalist of the Year Award for her coverage of Chinese youth culture. In 2003, she broke the story of the Chinese government’s cover-up of the SARS epidemic in Beijing, for which she received a Henry Luce Public Service Award. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.
Jakes is fluent in Mandarin and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Yale in history. Her doctoral studies at Yale, which she suspended to join ChinaFile, focused on China’s environmental history and the global history of ecology.